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Former Village Reading Room, Witham Friary

Description: Former Village Reading Room

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 11 March 1968
English Heritage Building ID: 266936

OS Grid Reference: ST7445441081
OS Grid Coordinates: 374454, 141081
Latitude/Longitude: 51.1684, -2.3667

Location: The Yard, Witham Friary, Somerset BA11 5HF

Locality: Witham Friary
Local Authority: Mendip District Council
County: Somerset
Country: England
Postcode: BA11 5HF

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Listing Text


6/238 Former Village Reading Room



Former village reading room, once dovecot, now store. Circa 1300, attached to Carthusian Priory, substantially
remodelled and restored by Gill in 1900 for the Duke of Somerset. Local limestone rubble, squared quoins, diagonal 2
stage buttresses, plain tile roof with bellcast and parapets, brick stack to left. Rectangular, Tudoresque gabled
facade. 3 window height, though interior unfloored, one bay, 5-light chamfered stone mullions window to first floor,
above, small square attic light. Central door opening, chamfered segmental headed stone surround, plank door, strap
hinges with Art Noveau motif. Tall 2-light mullion and transom window in left return. Single storey pent roofed outshut
to right side. Interior contains traces of pigeon holes, and fireplace of the restoration, being a copy of that at the
Charterhouse of Mount Grace in Yorkshire.

Listing NGR: ST7445441081

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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